The Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENA), has called for partnership with the military hospitals in in the State to fight malnutrition scourge.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s wife,Ummi El-Rufai, chairperson of KADENAP said the military, with its skilled personnel, structures and facilities, is a vital partner in improving nutrition outcomes for the children of Kaduna.
Speaking to journalists during her visit to 44 Army Reference Hospital Tudun-Wada, Kaduna, and the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, Ummi El-Rufai,said that KADENAP can benefit from strong partnership with an organised institution like the Army.
According to her: “Part of the reason we are here is to see how we can solicit the support of the Army to help us in our KADENAP activities. We are trying to see how they can involve their skilled officers and personnel for us to be able to reach the hard to reach areas in giving out help to malnourished people”
“We are very excited that they have a well laid structure in place so it will be easy for us to align activities that we are requesting from them within the structures that they have planned” she said.
On his part,Commandant, Nigerian Army Depot, Brig. Gen. C.G Musa assured of their formation’s cooperation “Anything that has to do with health is key to us. Because they say is wealth and for us health is survival”
“Nutrition is very important because whatever drug is administered to someone who is sick, without proper nutrition”
The Director of the 44 Army Reference Hospital,Kaduna, Brig. Gen IBJ Okeke, who received the committee said the hospital had been receiving and treating cases of malnutrition: “seeing a lot of people who are malnourished, either due to poverty, or due to cultural practices which prevent them from knowing how to make the best use of some of the available feeding materials. We look forward to any kind of partnership that can help us to take care of these malnourished children.”